Mating Intelligence: Sex, Relationships, and the Mind's Reproductive System

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Glenn Geher, Geoffrey Miller
Taylor & Francis, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 453 pages
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Human intelligence is sexually attractive, and strongly predicts the success of sexual relationships, but the behavioral sciences have usually ignored the interface between intelligence and mating. This is the first serious scholarly effort to explore that interface, by examining both universal and individual differences in human mating intelligence. Contributors include some of the most prominent evolutionary psychologists and promising new researchers in human intelligence, social psychology, intimate relationships, and sexuality.
                       
David Buss' foreword and the opening chapter explore what 'mating intelligence' means, and why it is central to human cognition and sexuality. The book's six sections then examine (1) our mating mechanisms -- universal emotional and cognitive adaptations for mating intelligently -- that guide mate search, mate choice, and courtship; (2) how mating intelligence strategically guides our choice of mating tactics and partners given different relationship goals, personality traits, forms of deception, and the existence of children; (3) the genetic and psychiatric causes of individual differences in mating intelligence; (4) how we use mental fitness indicators -- forms of human intelligence such as creativity, humor, and emotional intelligence -- to attract and retain sexual partners; (5) the ecological and social contexts of mating intelligence; (6) integrative models of mating intelligence that can guide future research.
 
Mating Intelligence is intended for researchers, advanced students, and courses in human sexuality, intimate relationships, intelligence research, behavior genetics, and evolutionary, personality, social, and clinical psychology. 
  

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Contents

Toward an Evolutionarily Informed Construct
3
Part II Mate Search and Mating Intelligence
35
Chapter 2 How SelfAssessments Can Guide Human Mating Decisions
37
Chapter 3 Mating Intelligence in Personal Ads
77
Part III Strategic Flexibility in Mating Intelligence
103
Adaptive Long and ShortTerm Mate Preferences
105
Chapter 5 Personality Mating Strategies and Mating Intelligence
121
Chapter 6 Deception and SelfDeception as Strategies in Shortand LongTerm Mating
135
Chapter 10 The Role of Creativity and Humor in Human Mate Selection
227
Chapter 11 Emotional Intelligence Relationship Quality and Partner Selection
263
Chapter 12 Mating Intelligence and General Intelligence as Independent Constructs
283
Part VI The Ecological Context of Mating Intelligence
311
Chapter 13 Brain Size Intelligence and Paleoclimatic Variation
313
Chapter 14 Ecological Constraints on Mating Tactics
337
Part VII Conclusions
365
Frequently Asked Questions
367

Chapter 7 How Having Children Affects Mating Psychology
159
Part IV Mental Fitness Indicators and Mating Intelligence
171
Chapter 8 The Role of Mutations in Human Mating
173
Chapter 9 Mental Disorders as Catastrophic Failures of Mating Intelligence
193
Part V Mating Intelligence and Other Individual Differences
225
An Integrative Model and Future Research Directions
395
Author Index
425
Subject Index
443
Back cover
455
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Geoffrey Miller is Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the Yale University School of Medicine. A member of the Yale Bioethics Center and the Child Neurology Society Bioethics Committee, he is author of Extreme Prematurity: Practices, Bioethics, and the Law and editor of the books Static Encephalopathies of Infancy and Childhood and The Cerebral Palsies: Causes, Consequences and Management.

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